World Dental Federation (FDI) serves as the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide and has a bold vision to lead the world to optimal oral health. FDI is one of the oldest organizations in the field of dentistry and its membership comprises some 200 national dental associations and specialist groups in over 130 countries.
FDI leads global advocacy efforts to increase oral health literacy and achieve political commitment and action on oral health in all countries. The organization pushes for oral diseases, which threaten human health and well-being, to be recognized and addressed as serious global health concerns.
FDI fosters best practices in oral health science and education by sharing knowledge in preventive care, diagnosis, and treatment, and builds capacity through its own continuing education (CE) programmes, projects, awareness campaigns and policy statements. FDI also organizes congresses and publishes the International Dental Journal (IDJ) to advance the art, science and practice of dentistry.
FDI is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It works with United Nations (UN) agencies such as the World Health Organization, with whom it is in official relations, as well as other non-governmental organizations, international partners, governments, and corporate partners to improve the oral health of all people.